Monday, April 7, 2008

Penne alla Vodka

Local Ingredients
Home canned tomatoes using tomatoes from Fahnestock and Rineer Family Farms
Natural by Nature Heavy Cream purchased from Sue's Produce (18th/Sansom)
Garlic from Highland Orchards at Fitler Square Farmer's Market
Hot pepper sauce from Headhouse Square Farmer's Market

1 qt canned tomatoes
1 lb penne or rotini pasta
1/4 c olive oil
10 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed with side of knife
hot red pepper sauce or flakes to taste
1/4 vodka
1/2 c cream
3/4 c parmesan

Process tomatoes in blender of food processor until crushed. Cook pasta until al dente. Heat oil and saute garlic until lightly browned. Quickly add crushed tomatoes Cover lightly to prevent spatters as the tomatoes heat up. Bring to a boil and add salt, pepper, and hot pepper to taste. Bring to boil for 2-3 minutes. Add vodka and simmer on medium low for 10-20 minutes. Remove garlic cloves and add cream. Bring sauce and pasta to boil together until sauce clings to pasta. Add parmesan and serve immediately.

Serving suggestion. Top with additional parmesan, parlsey, and dried dill.

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